Lecture 3 Notes
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Lecture 3: Gender Relations
Gender, not sex.
Gender: social expectations for men or women (due to social constructions).
In societies with low fertility, there is less dramatization of gender equality.
Contraception makes a big difference.
What is domination?
Why do men dominate women historically?
Domination is not about forcing things onto someone, etc. But a believe and deference that men will
‘dominate’ over women.
Example of relations: parent-child, student-professor.
Dom: clearly a power relations, smn gets more thatn someone else. (voluntary compliance)
Legitimacy: Weber, ppl obey because there is a legitimate right to obedience and following orders.
Why do women obey men? Due to what?
This is a matter of the culture, what is there in a culture that legitimaze male power over women s.t
women follow men.
Routinize patters of dominance
Weber’s 3 types of legitimacy:
(1)Traditional authority, authority legitimated due to tradition, my mother did it. (this has the most
influence of what the relations of wo/men is like, we do this because this is how its been done)
(2)Rational legal “”; we’ll do it like this because its a law, its rational and legal
(3)Charismatic “”; obedience based on emotional attachment, inspiration from someone
else(important in political life; like obama) definately the relations between wo/men involve here.
Patriarchy as authority
Ideology that men govern over women, though women do feel like they do have dominance over other
things, over the children, house, etc.
Head of household myth;
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